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Poster Print : SS St Julien as a hospital ship, at Newport Docks, c. 1940

SS St Julien as a hospital ship, at Newport Docks, c. 1940




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SS St Julien as a hospital ship, at Newport Docks, c. 1940

This image shows SS St Julien at Newport Docks following her conversion into a hospital ship, as denoted by the red cross painted on the side of her hull. St Julien was one of 7 GWR ships that were requisitioned for war service in the early months of the war. The Company ships played a vital role in transporting troops, cargo and wounded soldiers across the English Channel. This was dangerous work for the ships and their crew, sailing over to occupied France, often under fire from enemy guns. The evacuation of Allied Troops from Dunkirk in 1940 was perhaps the most notable and dangerous missions carried out by these ships, as they were direct targets for Luftwaffe bombers as they sailed into French waters. Operation Dynamo, as the evacuation was known, was undertaken by a fleet of more than 800 boats and saved more than 338, 000 soldiers from capture. Amazingly, no Great Western ships were lost during Operation Dynamo and the fleet continued with wartime operations on behalf of the Government

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Ship World War 2 Dunkirk Dynamo Evacuation


18x24 inch Poster Print

Introducing the captivating SS St Julien hospital ship poster print from Media Storehouse, in partnership with the STEAM Museum of the GWR. This vintage photograph transports you back in time to Newport Docks in the early 1940s, where the SS St Julien proudly stands, proudly displaying the red cross emblem on its hull, symbolizing its transformation into a vital medical facility during wartime. A must-have for history enthusiasts, maritime fans, or anyone who appreciates the heroic efforts of the past. Bring the nostalgic charm of yesteryears into your home or office with this authentic and intriguing piece of maritime history. Order your SS St Julien hospital ship poster print today!

Poster prints are budget friendly enlarged prints in standard poster paper sizes. Printed on 150 gsm Matte Paper for a natural feel and supplied rolled in a tube. Great for framing and should last many years. To clean wipe with a microfiber, non-abrasive cloth or napkin. Our Archival Quality Photo Prints and Fine Art Paper Prints are printed on higher quality paper and the choice of which largely depends on your budget.

Poster prints are budget friendly enlarged prints in standard poster paper sizes (A0, A1, A2, A3 etc). Whilst poster paper is sometimes thinner and less durable than our other paper types, they are still ok for framing and should last many years. Our Archival Quality Photo Prints and Fine Art Paper Prints are printed on higher quality paper and the choice of which largely depends on your budget.

Estimated Product Size is 61.6cm x 46.3cm (24.3" x 18.2")

These are individually made so all sizes are approximate

Artwork printed orientated as per the preview above, with landscape (horizontal) orientation to match the source image.


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SS St Julien at Newport Docks, c. 1940: A Symbol of Hope and Healing in War Time This evocative photograph captures the SS St Julien at Newport Docks following its conversion into a hospital ship during the early months of World War II. The distinctive red cross emblazoned on the hull of this once commercial vessel signifies its new role in providing vital medical support to the war effort. The SS St Julien was one of seven cargo ships requisitioned by the British Government from the Great Western Railway (GWR) Company for war service. These ships played a crucial role in transporting troops, cargo, and wounded soldiers across the English Channel, often under fire from enemy guns. The most notable and dangerous mission carried out by these ships was the evacuation of Allied troops from Dunkirk in 1940. Operation Dynamo, as the evacuation was known, was a desperate bid to save soldiers from capture as the German forces closed in. The fleet of more than 800 boats, including the SS St Julien, sailed into French waters, making them direct targets for Luftwaffe bombers. Despite the danger, no Great Western ships were lost during Operation Dynamo, and the fleet continued with wartime operations on behalf of the Government. The SS St Julien, as a hospital ship, provided much-needed medical care to the wounded soldiers, offering a glimmer of hope and healing amidst the chaos and destruction of war. This image serves as a poignant reminder of the vital role that the SS St Julien and other GWR ships played in the war effort, transporting troops and providing medical support to those in need. The courage and resilience of the crew and passengers on board these ships are a testament to the human spirit in the face of adversity.

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